question about documents for child??

Welcome to Cruise Critic! If you'd like to participate on our forums by joining in the conversation, please Register Now! Be sure to visit our FAMOUS Roll Call forums, where you can meet other cruisers sailing with you and share a tour or shore excursion and SAVE MONEY!

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
All times are GMT -4.
The time now is 05:17 AM.
#1
Joshua Tree, Calif
124 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Hi all,I have been given information from my TA and I thought I will ask my friends on CC before I freak out. I am a single mom taking my 15 year old on a cruise in December on the statendam. And was informed that I must have a written permission slip from the removed parent to take my son on the ship. If you are a single parent and share joint legal custody This is how it is. Well we have not seen nor heard from the biological bozo in atleast 10 years. We don't know if he's dead or alive. So then they said I could get a notorized letter from a school teacher, doctor etc. stating the father has not been around. I Guess my question is ?? Is this a issue that they really stick too?? has anyone had to go through this?? Does it hold up the line to board ship?? this will be our first cruise. any input would be helpful to ease my mind.
P.S. I know I have the option to go the court and file child abandonment but trying to get off of work for court times when I am already getting 2 weeks off for the cruise, would be hard.Thnak you friends
#2
Vero Beach, FL USA
3,455 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
I'm also curious about this. My stepdaughter's father died six months ago. I'm wondering if we'll need to bring a copy of the death certificate with us, or is there some other procedure we'll need to follow.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Past Cruises
1/1990 - RCCL Song of America
4/13/2003 - Carnival Inspiration
10/30/2004 - HAL Maasdam
3/26/2005 - HAL Zuiderdam
12/2/2007 - Carnival Valor
12/14/2008 - NCL Pearl
3/7/2010 - Costa Fortuna
1/6/2013 - Norwegian Dawn
3/27/2014 - Norwegian Sun

Future Cruises
10/11/2014 - Norwegian Sun (Panama Canal)

Land Vacations
06/22/1998 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
2/14/2005 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
6/21/2006 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico
11/29/2006 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
1/10/2009 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
8/23/2009 - Grand Bahia Principe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
11/14/2009 - Barracuda Hotel Cozumel, Mexico - Scuba Diving
5/8/2010 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
11/30/2010 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico

Future Land Vacations
None Planned (yet)
#3
Houston, Tx
9,651 Posts
Joined Sep 2000
You can be sure that you'll be asked for a notarized "permission letter". We had to have one traveling with our grandson. We were required to show it at the airport, when crossing the border into Canada (both ways) and when boarding the ship. Our divorced daughter also has to carry when traveling with him out of the U.S.

I don't know the requirement when the other parent isn't available to sign. Likely a copy of a "sole custody" agreement will suffice. To be safe, ask your attorney' advise. He/she has probably encountered this with numerous clients.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
1957 USS General A.E. Anderson Tokyo to San Francisco
1999 Norwegian Sea W. Caribbean
1999 Rotterdam VI Europe
2000 Mercury W. Caribbean
2000 Volendam S. Caribbean
2001 Viking Star Danube River
2001 Veendam E. Caribbean
2002 Veendam B2B Alaska
2003 Zuiderdam B2B W/E Caribbean
2004 Maasdam E. Caribbean
2005 Grand Princess W. Caribbean,
2005 RVI Europe
2005 Veendam S. Caribbean
2006 Grand Princess W. Caribbean
2007 Grand Princess W. Caribbean
2008 Crown Princess S. Caribbean
2008 Sea Princess Canada/New England
2009 Maasdam S. Caribbean
2009 Crown Princess British Isles
2010 Grand Princess S. Caribbean
2010 Carnival Conquest W. Caribbean
2010 Crown Princess W. Caribbean
2011 Maasdam S. Caribbean
2011 Emerald Princess B2B E/S Caribbean
2012 Carnival Magic W. Caribbean
2013 Crown Princess W. Caribbean
2014 Caribbean Princess W. Caribbean January 11
2014 Caribbean Princess W. Caribbean April 19
#4
Somerville, MA
223 Posts
Joined May 2001
I recently cruised with my SIL and niece on the Maasdam. My brother and SIL are still happily married, but he had started a new job and could not get vacation time. My niece is 7. We had been told about this requirement and my brother signed a notarized letter stating that it was ok for his wife to go on the cruise with his daughter.

My SIL said that that letter was the first piece of documentation that was requesed at check in. I don't know how hard a time she would have had if she hadn't had the letter.

I would imagine that the death certificate would be all that is needed if the parent is deceased.
#5
Texas
14,199 Posts
Joined Mar 2002
Originally posted by lindacat
I would imagine that the death certificate would be all that is needed if the parent is deceased.
This is correct. Take it along and you should be okay.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Jim
#6
Colorful Colorado
7,035 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
This policy is enforced. On our Maasdam cruise, one of our CC buddies was traveling with her children, her DH could not get time off from work - she said it was the first thing they asked for.

Does anyone know if the policy applies if a single parent has sole custody of the child?
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Email me here!

Most Recent:
Maasdam - March 2004
Noordam III - Final Voyage - November 3, 2004
Volendam - April 2005
Noordam IV - February 22, 2006 - Inaugural Voyage
Noordam IV - Mediterranean - July 30, 2006
Oosterdam - 20th Anniversary Cruise - March 3, 2007
Westerdam - December 2, 2007
Maasdam - April 14, 2008
Maasdam - August 23, 2008 - Canada/New England
Rotterdam - 12/23/08 - Christmas & New Year's Cruise
Westerdam - November 15, 2009

What's Next:
Oosterdam - 4/24/2010 - 14 glorious days!
Maasdam - 12/6/2010
Noordam - 3/8/2011

"Throw off the bowlines &
sail away from the safe harbor... catch the tradewinds in your sails...
Explore. Dream. Discover"
~Mark Twain
#7
Toronto, ON
430 Posts
Joined Dec 2003
If you have sole custody and have papers to show it then you can bring those and they will suffice. They just want to make sure you aren't running off with the child. If the father isn;t in your child's life you may be able to write a letter to that fact and get it notarized - I would call a notary public - they could help you
:-)
#8
Colorful Colorado
7,035 Posts
Joined Jan 2004
Originally posted by Jewelfine
If you have sole custody and have papers to show it then you can bring those and they will suffice. They just want to make sure you aren't running off with the child. If the father isn;t in your child's life you may be able to write a letter to that fact and get it notarized - I would call a notary public - they could help you
:-)
Instead of a notary, an attorney would be better.

As a notary public, I can tell you, I would not be able to provide any legal advice, merely attest to the validity of document, signature, etc.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Email me here!

Most Recent:
Maasdam - March 2004
Noordam III - Final Voyage - November 3, 2004
Volendam - April 2005
Noordam IV - February 22, 2006 - Inaugural Voyage
Noordam IV - Mediterranean - July 30, 2006
Oosterdam - 20th Anniversary Cruise - March 3, 2007
Westerdam - December 2, 2007
Maasdam - April 14, 2008
Maasdam - August 23, 2008 - Canada/New England
Rotterdam - 12/23/08 - Christmas & New Year's Cruise
Westerdam - November 15, 2009

What's Next:
Oosterdam - 4/24/2010 - 14 glorious days!
Maasdam - 12/6/2010
Noordam - 3/8/2011

"Throw off the bowlines &
sail away from the safe harbor... catch the tradewinds in your sails...
Explore. Dream. Discover"
~Mark Twain
#9
Joshua Tree, Calif
124 Posts
Joined Jun 2004
Thank you all for your quick replys. Here I go full speed ahead to get this taken care of. Unreal that when they abandon their child I would nee to ask his (permission) to take my son somewhere. lol lol ( when pigs fly) lol lol. I will defenetly get a notorized letter, but I think I will also try to get more time off of work and go to court to change the joint legal custody to sole legal custody since we haven't seen him in 10 years . I figure it's not like he'll suddenly show up and contest it ( who know's where he is) anyway thank you again you'll have again helped me greatly Christine
#10
Vero Beach, FL USA
3,455 Posts
Joined Mar 2004
Originally posted by ekerr19
This policy is enforced. On our Maasdam cruise, one of our CC buddies was traveling with her children, her DH could not get time off from work - she said it was the first thing they asked for.

Does anyone know if the policy applies if a single parent has sole custody of the child?
My brain is somewhere else today. I asked about my stepdaughter because her father died. My daughter also lives with us and is going. I have sole custody. Although she lives locally her mother has seen her once in the last couple of years. Didn't even send a card for her birthday. I've so forgotten that she's her mother I didn't even think of having to get documentation from her. I'll e-mail HAL and see if it's sufficient to bring the court order showing I have sole custody.
Expand Signature
Collapse Signature
Past Cruises
1/1990 - RCCL Song of America
4/13/2003 - Carnival Inspiration
10/30/2004 - HAL Maasdam
3/26/2005 - HAL Zuiderdam
12/2/2007 - Carnival Valor
12/14/2008 - NCL Pearl
3/7/2010 - Costa Fortuna
1/6/2013 - Norwegian Dawn
3/27/2014 - Norwegian Sun

Future Cruises
10/11/2014 - Norwegian Sun (Panama Canal)

Land Vacations
06/22/1998 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
2/14/2005 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
6/21/2006 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico
11/29/2006 - Sandals Negril, Jamaica
1/10/2009 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
8/23/2009 - Grand Bahia Principe, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
11/14/2009 - Barracuda Hotel Cozumel, Mexico - Scuba Diving
5/8/2010 - Coco View Roatan, Honduras - Scuba Diving
11/30/2010 - Barcelo Maya, Mexico

Future Land Vacations
None Planned (yet)